|Visiting a London "Pick Your Own" farm|
There may not be a whole lot of fruit that grows in Britain (me and my friend from India can only dream of buying guavas) but let's give credit where credit is due: the strawberries and apples are amazing. I recently found the Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion cookbook on the Karma Shelf (as if the universe had responded to my desire to eat less meat) and read that up until the 1950s when cheaper imported apples showed up, there were around 2000 varieties of apple in the UK. Well, soon after complementing a British person for this as though they were personally responsible for the quality of the apples and strawberries, they suggested I go strawberry picking which was a completely new concept for me. This is not because I am South African but specifically because I am from Joburg where the surrounding country is dry and thorny, where school trips are to the cheetah park and caves with ancient rock-paintings, rather than to lush fruit fields like those kids from the Cape.
|Strawberries at a London "Pick Your Own" farm|
|Parkside Farm on the outskirts of London, a Pick our Own farm. Produce of the season.|
|How cute is this map of different crops|
|The pride of Parkside Farm is their table top strawberries which means you don't have to bend down to pick them.|
|Off to explore. Backpack from Primark.|
Boater hat: Asos
Bow: Johnny Loves Rosie
|Vintage perforated leather shoes from Beacon's Closet in Williamsburg|
|Glowing purple plums|
|These plums had an unreal purple glow to them|
|Our haul, each one lovingly picked : raspberries, chard, marrows, beetroot, blackberries, cucumbers, spinach and onions.|
crop calender when you plan your visit!